Capital Product Partners (CPLP) & Navios Maritime Acquisition (NNA) Head to Head Comparison

Capital Product Partners (NASDAQ: CPLP) and Navios Maritime Acquisition (NYSE:NNA) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares Capital Product Partners and Navios Maritime Acquisition’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Capital Product Partners $249.12 million 1.62 $38.48 million $0.25 12.48
Navios Maritime Acquisition $227.29 million 0.56 -$78.89 million ($0.12) -7.00

Capital Product Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Navios Maritime Acquisition. Navios Maritime Acquisition is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Capital Product Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Capital Product Partners has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Navios Maritime Acquisition has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Capital Product Partners and Navios Maritime Acquisition’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Capital Product Partners 14.31% 4.30% 2.50%
Navios Maritime Acquisition -34.67% -3.81% -1.18%

Dividends

Capital Product Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.3%. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.5%. Capital Product Partners pays out 128.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Navios Maritime Acquisition pays out -66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Capital Product Partners and Navios Maritime Acquisition, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Capital Product Partners 0 0 1 0 3.00
Navios Maritime Acquisition 0 2 1 0 2.33

Capital Product Partners currently has a consensus target price of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 60.26%. Navios Maritime Acquisition has a consensus target price of $1.63, indicating a potential upside of 93.45%. Given Navios Maritime Acquisition’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Navios Maritime Acquisition is more favorable than Capital Product Partners.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

18.9% of Capital Product Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.5% of Navios Maritime Acquisition shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Capital Product Partners beats Navios Maritime Acquisition on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Capital Product Partners Company Profile

Capital Product Partners L.P., a shipping company, provides marine transportation services in Greece. It transports a range of cargoes, including crude oil; refined oil products, such as gasoline, diesel, fuel oil and jet fuel; edible oils; chemicals, such as ethanol; and dry cargo and containerized goods under short-term voyage charters, and medium to long-term time and bareboat charters. As of December 31, 2017, the company had a fleet of 36 vessels, which consisted of 4 Suezmax crude oil tankers, 21 medium range tankers, 10 post-panamax container vessels, and 1 capesize bulk carrier. Capital GP L.L.C. serves as the general partner of the company. Capital Product Partners L.P. was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Piraeus, Greece.

Navios Maritime Acquisition Company Profile

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation is an international shipping company. The Company owns a fleet of modern crude oil, refined petroleum product and chemical tankers providing marine transportation services around the world. The Company charters its vessels to international oil companies, refiners and vessel operators under long, medium and short-term charters. The Company’s fleet includes approximately 38 double-hulled tanker vessels, aggregating approximately four million deadweight tons (dwt). The fleet includes approximately eight very large crude carrier (VLCC) tankers, which transport crude oil, and over eight Long Range 1 (LR1) product tankers; approximately 18 Medium Range 2 (MR2) product tankers, and over four chemical tankers, which transport refined petroleum products and bulk liquid chemicals. Its vessels include Nave Constellation, Nave Universe, Nave Polaris, Nave Cosmos, Nave Velocity, Nave Sextans, Nave Pyxis, Nave Luminosity, Nave Jupiter and Nave Pulsar.

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